Mauk arrives, Malik departs​

Adelaide United would like to announce the signing of young starlet and Olyroo, Stefan Mauk, and the departure of long-serving Red, Osama Malik.

The transfer will see Mauk, 20-years-old, become a Reds player with immediate effect, whilst Malik will depart United and join Melbourne City.

Local South Australian, Mauk, arrives at the Reds having most recently been part of former United Head Coach, Aurelio Vidmar’s, Olyroos’ squad that competed in the AFC U-23 Championships in Doha.

Mauk has signed for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign and through to the conclusion of the 2017/18 season, will link up with his new teammates next week.

Mauk, who has had a stellar 2015/16 campaign so far for City, first signed for the Victorian side in 2012 having been learning his trade at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. He has scored four goals this season and featured in 12 games, including a confident display at his new home of Coopers Stadium when City trumped United 4-2 in Round 5.

Head Coach of Adelaide United, Guillermo Amor, said he was delighted to have acquired the youthful exuberance and skills of Mauk, who could debut for the Reds in Round 17 at Coopers against Newcastle Jets on Sunday, 31 January.

“We are very happy to have Stefan joining us,” Amor said. “He has another South Australia player and this is important to us.

“He is a young, but very talented player with a big future in football. He will fit into our team and our style well.

“We are confident that he can have a big impact on our team and look forward to him being part of our Club.”

In his time with Adelaide, Malik made 110 appearances for the Club and scored two goals.

Malik was part of United’s inaugural Westfield FFA Cup winning side from 2015 and, in his first stint with the Club, was part of the Reds’ 2008 FIFA Club World Cup side, making two appearances in the competition.

Speaking on Malik’s departure, Amor said: “We are sad to see Ossie go, but want to thank him for all his efforts with our team.

“He is a great person who will be missed by everyone in the Club. We wish him well for the rest of his career.”

Everyone at Adelaide United wishes Malik the best for his future, and thank him for his commitment and service in the more than six years with the Club.